On This Day - Sep 13 1957: Mal Donaghy, ex-Northern Ireland and Manchester United star, is born

Northern Ireland's Mal Donaghy and Republic of Ireland's Roy Keane battle for the ball on November 1993


1845: The world's first baseball club, the Knickerbocker Club of New York, was formed.

1970: Margaret Court of Australia beat Rosemary Casals to win the US Open and become only the second woman after Maureen Connolly to complete the Grand Slam of the four major tennis championships.

1983: Lancashire's Steven O'Shaughnessy scored 100 runs in 35 minutes against Leicestershire at Old Trafford - one of the fastest centuries ever seen in first-class cricket.

2007: McLaren were fined 100 million dollars (£49.2million) and stripped of their points in the constructors' championship as a result of a Formula One spy scandal. However, the World Motor Sport Council opted not to dock the points from their drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

2010: Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton was admitted to a rehabilitation facility after "suffering from severe depression for several weeks". Hatton had been the subject of tabloid allegations of cocaine use the day before.

2012: Football Association chairman David Bernstein made a "full and unreserved apology" following the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

2016: Anti-doping chiefs condemned computer hackers who claimed to have accessed the personal records of Olympic athletes including Serena and Venus Williams and Simone Biles.


Mal Donaghy (soccer) - former Northern Ireland, Manchester United and Luton defender, born 1957.

Robin Smith (cricket) - former England batsman and Hampshire captain, born 1963.

Michael Johnson (athletics) - record-breaking American sprinter over both 200 and 400 metres and Olympic champion, born 1967.

Shane Warne (cricket) - legendary Australian leg-spinner, born 1969.

Goran Ivanisevic (tennis) - Croatian Wimbledon champion in 2001, born 1971.

Fabio Cannavaro (soccer) - Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning captain, born 1973.

Kamui Kobayashi (motor racing) - Japanese former Formula One driver with Caterham, born 1986.

Luke Fitzgerald (rugby union) - Ireland and Leinster back who was forced to retire in June 2016 due to a neck injury, born 1987.

Tsvetana Pironkova (tennis) - Bulgaria's 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist, born 1987.

Thomas Muller (soccer) - Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder who helped his country to victory in the 2014 World Cup, born 1989.


1. In which year was the first Six Nations tournament after the addition of Italy?

2. Which darts player is known as the Viking?

3. How long did it take for snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan to score a maximum 147 break at the 1997 World Championship?

4. Which cyclist currently holds the hour record for men?

5. Where was the first FA Cup final held?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


(Wednesday, September 13)

SOCCER: Champions League, Feyenoord v Manchester City - BT Sport/ESPN 1900, eir Sport 1 1940; Liverpool v Sevilla - BT Sport 2 1900; Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund - BT Sport 3 1900. FFA Cup quarter-final, Sydney FC v Melbourne City - BT Sport 1 1030.

CRICKET: One-day international, Ireland v West indies - eir Sport 1 1000. County Championship Division One, Warwickshire v Essex - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket 1030/1025.

TENNIS: WTA, Japan Women's Open - BT Sport 1 0300.

CYCLING: Wallonie Grand Prix - Eurosport 1 1400.

BASEBALL: MLB, two regular season games - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Thu).

NETBALL: Taini Jamison Trophy, New Zealand v England - Sky Sports Main Event 0830.

GREYHOUNDS: Yorkshire St Leger, Doncaster - Sky Sports Action 1900.

Tomorrow (Thursday, September 14)

SOCCER: Europa League, Atalanta v Everton - BT Sport 2 1730; Arsenal v Cologne - BT Sport 2 2000.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Super 8s, Hull FC v Wakefield - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

GOLF: Ladies European Tour, Evian Championship - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1000-1300 and 1430-1730. European Tour, KLM Open - Sky Sports Golf 1300-1430 and 1730-1900. PGA Tour, BMW Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1900 and Sky Sports Main Event 2230.

CRICKET: County Championship Division One, Warwickshire v Essex - Sky Sports Cricket 1025.

TENNIS: WTA, Japan Women's Open - BT Sport 1 0300.

HORSE RACING: St Leger meeting, Doncaster - ITV 4 1330.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Cincinnati Bengals v Houston Texans - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks - BT Sport 1 2030.


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